Yes. It is true! We rocked Miami this year! It was an epic good time… Lives were changed. Bad decisions were made, but we all survived! Three cheers for the art carnival that is the Miami Basel weekend.
Dana has already done a great job of sharing the gonzo good time that is Miami and you yourself will get a chance to hear what Bad at Sports did with Cannonball and PULSE, but probably not till February. In the mean time you will have to be contented with the knowledge that we made 6 gig posters with 6 incredible artists, we rocked the local air waves at 91.1 fm, knocked out 14 interviews over 4 days, and partied like rock stars.
Thanks go out to…
Chuck Loose and Iron Forge Press
Christian Kuras and Duncan MacKenzie
Dan Grzeca for making great posters!
(we sold a bunch but we have a few left which we will sell to you in January when everyone is back from the break. They are outstanding.)
INTERVIEWS with… (in order of appearance)
Rachel Adams and Jennie K. Lamensdorf – Curators
Mary Mattingly – Artist
TM Sisters (Monica and Tasha López De Victoria) – Artists
Frank Webster - Artist
Josh Rogers and Lesley Weisenbacher – Collectors
R&R Studios (Roberto Behar & Rosario Marquardt) – Artists
Dawn Kasper - Artist
Sharon Louden – Artist/Author
Sylvie Fortin – Director or the Biennale de Montréal
Tatiana Hernandez – Knight Foundation
Adler Guerrier - Artist/Gallerist
Patti Hernandez and Domingo Castillo – Artists
Christy Gast - Artist
Jillian Mayer – Artist
The show would not have happened with out the help of these three cats… (hug them next time you run into them…)
The following images were taken by Vinson Valega
Sure. 91.1 fm seems like a strange band width but we will never forget, you shouldn’t either.
Michael Workman is retooling the Bridge Art Fair into the leaner, meaner Verge, which (like Bridge) will focus exclusively on emerging art. (Verge, you may recall, was also the name given to a section of artist-run spaces housed within Bridge). Verge will launch this year in Miami to coincide with Art Basel, December 3-6, 2009. Now, applicants to Verge will be selected by a top-notch curatorial team including Dan Cameron and James Yood — a process that, in an interview with Artnet last week, Workman likened to that of a biennale. (Application deadline is October 1st).
Here’s Artnet’s take on Workman’s new venture:
“After expanding Bridge to two locations last year during Art Basel Miami Beach, in what many saw as overreach, Bridge honcho Michael Workman was compelled to dissolve the non-profit that oversees the fair earlier this year. Now, he has launched the Verge Art Fair to take its place. Verge bows at the Catalina Hotel in Miami Beach — a locale that happens to be Bridge’s old haunt. “Verge,” incidentally, was also the name of a subsection of Bridge focused on “artist-run spaces and projects,” a concept that “didn’t get used well” at Bridge, according to Workman, and is now being channeled in the Verge Art Fair’s focus on “new and emerging art.” The new affair promises 30 exhibitors, rather than the 60 showcased by Bridge last year.
If all this sounds dubious, Workman has enlisted a team that gives the undertaking credibility. He has ceded directorial control to Brooklyn-based artist Edouard Steinhauer (a frequent Bridge exhibitor), while fair participants are being chosen by a team consisting of curator Dan Cameron, collector Beth Rudin DeWoody, Yale School of Art associate dean Samuel Messer, Artforum critic James Yood, and Steinhauer. “It’s more like the way you select things for a biennale,” Workman says of the process, adding that the “orientation of this show itself is a radical departure” from Bridge. For info about the new fair, including prices for would-be exhibitors, see www.vergeartfair.com.